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    Hello everyone...hola a todos!
    I´m Jose Fernandez from Venezuela and I´m going back 25 years in my life at my first attemps in this wonderful way of enjoyment named Astronomy...
    Lot of things has been happening since I tried find a strange but fascinating object called Orion Nebulae guided by a planisphere and a paper frame to draw the horizon at my latitude...All this time I remainded doubtfull about this cardboard computer publicized in this hobby magazine because orion nebulae never was found.
    Even so, with binoculars I "discovered" blur objects not pointed in my star map, I was amazed by Jupiter and its shifting moons and thiny lights crossing the sky that actually was satellites and I said...wow it´s loving explore the nature of the space!
    Was time to attend university and I have to left my village and its clear sky, although I kept and eye on astronomy I got started another open air hobby, radio controlled model aircraft.
    We used to go out to farm areas attending airplane meetings, although all Astronomy I knew was few constellation recognition, both hobbies resulted complementary. During the day I had to wait for the more skilled pilot flown his awesome planes but once the night and stars covered all of us I got the attention of my amazed partners showing them stars that actually were not stars like Jupiter or Venus, testing the sight counting Pleyade´ stars, chasing satellites... the king of the hill.
    Telescopes and accesories became available in electronic consumers shops in my country, but prices a little bit high. Internet resources, forums, blogs, photografies, free software, wow this time astros was chasing me, and the day I expected to come just came two month ago, I saw an affordable Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ reflector, once verified the specs I slipped the card.
    Now here we are, in the hope of share and learn every day of this fascinating branch of the human knowledge...

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    Jose
    Welcome and hope you enjoy you new Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ
    and all the new sights it will bring.
    <CS> Rick - Taylor, MI
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    Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining. Keep us posted.
    name: Derek

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    HI and welcome from me too - an amazing story about the 'paper' astro computer
    Thirty spokes meet at the nave, because of the hole we may use the wheel.
    A cup is moulded from clay, because of the hollow we may use the cup.
    Four walls surround a hearth, because of the doors we may use the house.
    Thus tools come from what exists, but use from what does not.

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    Welcome, I loved your intro.
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    Thanks for your replies!!! Quite a bit long intro but I had to tell it somebody...

    Astronomy means a lot of work and fun ahead
    My felling is I got the right place

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    Hola Jose! Welcome to the forum!
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    I'm enjoying learning the sky by star hopping; just charts, my binoculars, and my Dob!

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    Hello and welcome to the forums Jose...
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